Lin could wind up in D-League

LAS VEGAS -- If Jeremy Lin signs a contract with the Mavs, who have two roster spots open, he would almost certainly take on the job as starting point guard for the Texas Legends, the Mavs' new D-League affiliate that will play in Frisco this fall. Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson loves the point guard's potential, but doesn't necessarily think he's ready to be a rotation player.

"When you look at young prospects of the future, whether it's Dominique Jones or second-round picks or undrafted guys, you have to give them a path of development," Nelson, a Legends co-owner, said. "One of the worst things you can do is throw unrealistic expectations on those guys."

Who else might join the Legends off the Mavs' roster? Well, it would seem probable that with four centers on board that young projects Ian Mahinmi and Alexis Ajinca would be prime candidates. But, that's not the case.

Players entering their third season in the NBA are ineligible for assignment in the D-League, so both French 7-footers would have to stay on the Mavs' roster. Dallas is hoping to trade Ajinca, but Nelson said there's been little movement on that front so far.